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We dig plants when your order is received, and ship immediately via US Priority Mail. You will receive a tracking number via email when plants are shipped. All plants are packed to be safe in their packages for up to 3 days after receipt.
How We Protect Your Plants For Transit
We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This provides superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.
Upon Receipt Of Your Plants
Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receipt unless weather prohibits. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water daily for the first week after planting.
Bracken ferns (Pteridium aquilinum) are plants belonging to the large family of coarse ferns that grow in most areas of the world and most soils.
They are hardy plants that are easy to start and lend themselves very well to a wide variety of settings.
Bracken ferns grow in much of North America in zones 3-9. They grow best in acidic soil but can survive in sterile and poor soil also. They cannot, however, thrive in water-logged areas. They take very little water but will become dormant if there are long stretches without rain. Bracken ferns will grow in full sun but will do much better in the shade or partial shade.
Bracken ferns grow up to four feet tall on stiff stems from which triangular-shaped fronds grow from alternating branches. They colonize very quickly from deep-rooted rhizomes or spores that drop from their delicate fronds.
The lush green color of bracken ferns, which turns yellow in late summer and brown in winter, looks especially lovely in meadows and woodland gardens.
A cluster of ferns is perfect for under trees where no other plants will grow, and grown on a slope can prevent soil erosion. They can also colonize a sunny, dry slope in no time. Bracken ferns make great companion plants for hostas, columbines, and caladiums, but shouldn't be planted too close as their spreading habit could inhibit the other flowers. In rock gardens, bracken ferns can look spectacular paired with wild violets, sarsaparilla, or wild aster.
When starting bracken ferns, the soil should be enriched with organic matter. To multiply them, the rhizomes should be cut with a sharp knife, never pulled apart. Growing them in a deep pot under the soil can prevent them from being invasive. Supplying water during periods without rain will keep the plants lush and green.